|Name||Michelle Lujan Grisham|
|Address||601 Mountain Road |
Albuquerque, New Mexico , United States
|| October 24, 1959
Jun 12, 2020 06:19pm
|Info||Michelle Lujan Grisham is a 12th generation New Mexican who grew up in Santa Fe and graduated from St. Michael's High School. She received both an undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She is a widow with two daughters and has resided in Albuquerque since 1978. |
Michelle has been a leader in the areas of health policy and senior services for 20 years.
She was appointed in 1991 by Governor Bruce King to direct the New Mexico State Agency on Aging. She was reappointed by Governor Gary Johnson in 1995 to continue her leadership at the State Agency on Aging. She took a small program and turned it into a groundbreaking agency that became knowing nationwide for such innovative practices as undercover evaluations of nursing homes, the use of volunteers to support key services and the development of a collaborative strategy among statewide senior programs that has led to generous support of programs by the state Legislature.
Michelle worked at the national, state and local levels to create a more comprehensive, cohesive of long-term care that provides seniors and people with disabilities with more options to remain independent.
She was allowed to take that goal further when she was selected in 2002 to serve as Secretary of the newly created Aging and Long Term Services Department. She oversaw the reorganization of state government programs for seniors and people with disabilities to work toward a system of services that is seamless, efficient and easily accessible.
Ms. Grisham was recently recognized for her contributions to the aging population with the New Mexico Senior Advocates Award.
In August 2004, Governor Richardson named her as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, a 4,000-staff department that oversees or provides behavioral, primary and long-term health services, infectious disease tracking and prevention and state health policy planning. Ms. Grisham applied the same vigorous leadership and advocacy skills to raise the quality of long-term care in state-run and privately operated facilities, improve infectious disease prevention programs, garner more funding for teen suicide prevention and improve access to health care. She made these improvements without significant increases to the department's budget.
Before joining state government, Michelle directed the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program.